Police Officer – Entry Level/Lateral

Hanford, CA
Hanford Police Department
Salary: $57,852.00-$70,656.00 Annually

The City of Hanford is recruiting two (2) vacancies in the Police Department. The position will perform general law enforcement duties on an assigned shift; respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service; and promote community order and protect life and property through the preservation of public peace and prevention of crime.

Closing Date/Time: Tue. 05/01/18 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $57,852.00 – $70,656.00 Annually


Examples of Duties:
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Protect life and property by patrolling assigned areas, in vehicles, on motorcycles, or on foot as required.

Answer calls for service regarding criminal activity and other matters relating to the safety of the community.

Investigate conditions hazardous to life or property; respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service in a variety of situations.

Arrest and detain violators, by means of reasonably objective, lawful use of force if necessary.

Mediate conflict, provide crowd control, and provide general assistance to the public.

Obtain criminal complaints, serve warrants, and make arrests.

Gather and document evidence.

Perform traffic enforcement and traffic control duties via vehicle and on foot; issue citations as necessary.

Conduct criminal investigations for narcotics and alcohol violations, property crimes, and crimes against persons; inspect persons and property, including searching and checking buildings, vehicles, etc.

Write clear and concise reports; read and create law enforcement bulletins.

Administer roadside sobriety tests and evaluate subjects for evidence of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Serve on local and regional special task forces as assigned.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other district employees and the public using principles of good customer service.

Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.

Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.

Perform related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

Methods, principles, and practices of California law enforcement and public safety.

Investigative techniques and procedures.

Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, rules and regulations, including laws of arrest, vehicle and penal codes.

Crowd and traffic control enforcement procedures.

Ability to:

Assess emergency and non-emergency situations and determine appropriate course of action.

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a sworn police officer's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to the public.

On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation. Continuously wear a vest of up to 10 pounds and a gun belt of approximately 20 pounds; and intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less.

Maintain calm, rational, and professional demeanor during high levels of stress or critical incidents.

Use and care for firearms and wear body armor.

Operate police vehicle in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Maintain objectivity while taking control of a situation; exercise respect for the rights of others.

Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and applicable software; utilize law enforcement databases including Automated Report Management System (ARMS), California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) and Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC).

Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.

Maintain regular attendance and adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.

Utilize appropriate safety procedures and practices for assigned duties.

Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Relate effectively with people of varied academic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy.

Establish and maintain effective, cooperative and collaborative working relationships with others.

Experience and Education

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Completion of a POST approved basic academy.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License and Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid American Red Cross C.P.R., First Aid, and AED certification.

Ability to pass an extensive background investigation including medical and psychological exams.

Additional Information:
A copy of the POST Academy Certificate must be attached to the application at time of submittal.

Lateral candidates with more than 18 months experience may be eligible to start at a higher pay scale.